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I needed a thrad for positive thing. Maybe others will use it as well. Anyhoo.




Neat enough! But, there's more to that violinist.
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I guess this can go here. Every once in awhile, a mostly awful company does something uncharacteristically decent. This is one of those occasions:


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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">When New Yorkers hear a violin 🤣🔥🎻 <a href="https://t.co/HEjW3D3pge">pic.twitter.com/HEjW3D3pge</a></p>&mdash; Junebug (@airjunebug) <a href="https://twitter.com/airjunebug/status/1025810788722737152?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 4, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Neat enough! But, there's more to that violinist.
Flo is relieved. :phew: When she saw the first frame of the video, with the police buggies in the background, she just naturally assumed that two white police officers without necks would be shown walking up to the dark-skinned violinist. One would put a choke hold on him, and the other would shoot him in the back.
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I guess this can go here. Every once in awhile, a mostly awful company does something uncharacteristically decent. This is one of those occasions:


Their online sales took a pretty big spike too.

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Old 09-28-2018, 02:46 AM
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Thrad. Callout to The Man. You might enjoy.

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George Will, of all people, calls for the abolition of the death penalty.

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The mere phrasing of the matter at issue — whether Madison is “competent to be executed” — induces moral vertigo. A unanimous three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit held that Madison lacks the requisite competence because he lacks understanding of the connection between his crime and his execution. The question before the Supreme Court is whether executing Madison would violate the Eighth Amendment’s proscription of “cruel and unusual punishments.”

The court has said that “we may seriously question the retributive value of executing a person who has no comprehension of why he has been singled out and stripped of his fundamental right to life.” For many people, the death penalty for especially heinous crimes satisfies a sense of moral symmetry. Retribution — society’s cathartic expression of a proportional response to attacks on its norms — is not, however, the only justification offered for capital punishment. Deterrence is another. But by now this power is vanishingly small because imposition of the death penalty is so sporadic and glacial. Because the process of getting from sentencing to execution is so protracted, averaging 15 years, senescent people on the nation’s death rows are going to be problems as long as there is capital punishment.

Madison’s case compels us to focus on the death penalty in its granular reality: Assisting someone who is non-ambulatory, and bewildered because he is (in Stevenson’s phrase) “memory-disordered,” to be strapped down so an executioner can try to find a vein — often a problem with the elderly — to receive a lethal injection. Capital punishment is withering away because the process of litigating the administration of it is so expensive, and hence disproportionate to any demonstrable enhancement of public safety, but also because of a healthy squeamishness that speaks well of us.

Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren wrote that the Eighth Amendment — particularly the idea of what counts as “cruel” punishments — “must draw its meaning from the evolving standards of decency that mark the progress of a maturing society.” Concerning which, two caveats are apposite: “Evolving” is not a synonym for “improving,” and a society can become, as America arguably is becoming, infantilized as it “matures.” That said, it certainly is true that standards of decency do evolve and that America’s have improved astonishingly since 1958: Think about segregated lunch counters and much else.

Conservatives have their own standards, including this one: The state — government — already is altogether too full of itself, and investing it with the power to inflict death on anyone exacerbates its sense of majesty and delusions of adequacy.
I can’t say I disagree with any of this.
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"delusions of adequacy" :nod:
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Rumour is, he's in for 2018 too.

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this is a nice thread. thank you for starting it. i don't have anything to add to it right now, but hopefully i will in the future and the very least i can do is bump it up to the top for the moent.
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actually i do have one...

working in news has been emotionally draining lately. the behaviour of people on both sides of the divide and my own guilty feelings from putting a polish on it has become a bit tiring. i love what i do, but lately...

anyhow, the other day we carried this presser and it was like a fresh breeze blew through the control room the entire time we were on it.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toron...ears-1.4882080
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Yeah, I bet! Take care of you.
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calm voice... https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.59f2cb211bc3
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hope through introspection... https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/23/o...__Juf3cYFWIp_o
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